Brookfield East coach Kim Leupold has a record 49 girls out for cross country this season on a team that is experienced, young and talented.
"We are young with several sophomores at varsity, however, these runners have a year of experience under their belt to compete, race and dedicate to our team goals," Leupold said.
"We are also lucky to have two seniors with outstanding leadership and loyalty to the team. With our largest team since I've been head coach, I think this will be an exciting year, building to the end of the season and a very strong Spartan finish."
First of all, Spartans have five of the top seven runners returning, led by twins Sarah and Rachel Werking.
"Sarah is strong and returns ready to race with confidence and leadership," Leupold said of her top returnee.
Senior captain Allyx Kvasnicka and senior Brianna Mathison return, along with Lisa Browne.
Sophomore Alex Sinson, who won the Greater Metro Conference JV Championship last year, and Gina Pagel, who has been "a nice surprise," are running well, Leupold said.
Other key newcomers and Leupold's comments:
Lindsay Kennedy: "She returns as a junior, but will be racing varsity. She's a tough competitor."
Molly Perkins: "Injured last season and didn't come out for cross country. She had a good track season and will be competing for a varsity spot week to week."
"Also keep an eye out for Angela Pickler, Ellen Bruhn and freshman Katy Kemnitz."
The Spartans finished second in the GMC and the JV won the conference.
The varsity took fourth at sectionals and sent two runners to state, where they finished fifth and 49th.
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